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Soldier of the Union by Ken Hechler

At the July 14, 2011, Thursday night West Virginia Archives and History genealogy program in the West Virginia State Archives library in Charleston, Ken Hechler, author, his­torian, and political figure, made a presentation on his new book Soldier of the Union, which contains letters written by his grandfather and great uncle during the Civil War. Much of the evening was a question-and-answer session, and Dr. Hechler addressed ques­tions on a variety of activities in his life, ranging from his work as a combat his­torian during World War II to his efforts against mountaintop removal.

Soldier of the Union by Ken Hechler

Slaves and People of Color in Western Virginia, 1800-1860

At the August 11, 2011, Thursday night Archives and History genealogy program in the West Virginia State Archives library in Charleston, Greg Carroll made a presentation on slaves and free people of color in western Virginia. Carroll noted some of the materials available for research on African Americans in West Virginia but indicated a need to collect more information, such as oral histories.